Oktoberfest returns to Tufts Memorial Park from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The evening kicks off with Kinderfest from 4 to 6 p.m., a fun festival for children and families to enjoy. There will be games, crafts, and a Halloween costume show-off.

Following Kinderfest, there will be traditional Oktoberfest activities from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring German music, a stein-holding contest, and stein relay races. Traditional German food and beverages will be available to purchase throughout the day.

Benefit Ball

Linden Lodge Foundation will be hosting its Masquerade Benefit Ball (evening attire) at the Pinehurst Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 29.

“Come have dinner and listen to Michael Wellington, author of ‘Birdies, Bogeys, and Bipolar,’ speak on his personal experience with mental illness,” says a spokesman. “Spend the rest of the evening dancing to the tunes of The Jonathon Robinson Band, a local favorite. Lets take the mask off mental illness.”

Visit www.ticketmesandhills.com for tickets or contact Rebecca Sparks at (910) 331-7585.

Trunk or Treat

Our Saviour Lutheran Church will hold a trunk-or-treat event Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be a bake sale and chili available. The event is free and will be held rain or shine.

The church is located at 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.

‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’

Encore Center presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Saturday, Oct. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit http:encorecenter.net, call (910) 725-0758 or email encoreofthepines@gmail.com.

Encore Center is located at 160 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines.

Food Sale

The family of Mamie Gooch will have its annual food sale Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 11 a.m. for the Mamie Gooch Scholarship Fund. 

The location will be on N.C. 5 in the Jackson Hamlet Community. “Please help by buying a plate, sandwich or simply leave a donation.”

For more information, call Sharon Williams at (910) 797-8862.

Rooster’s Wife

Jeremy Pinnell performs Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:45 p.m. at the Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen (114 Knight St.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for members. Membership is available at the door. Tickets are available at www.ticketmesandhills.com.

For information, call (910) 944-7502.


STARworks resident ceramic artists Hannah Cupp and Miki Palchick will present slides and discuss their work, Friday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star. There will be a Halloween edition of Trivia Night in the STARworks Café & Taproom following the talks. Free event. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call (910) 428-9001 or email contact@starworksnc.org.


Fall-o-Ween will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Malcolm Blue Farm at 1177 Bethesda Road. Admission is $5.

The event is for children ages 15 and under and includes carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, and a climbing wall.

There will be food truck vendors and ice cream. The Aberdeen Police and Fire Departments will also be there.

Metropolitan Opera

On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 12:55 p.m., the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines will present live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, Massenet’s “Manon.”

Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa returns to cinemas on Oct. 26, as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.

Estimated run time is 4 hours and 12 minutes. 

Tickets are $27 and may be purchased at the door. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.

For further information call the theater office at (910) 692-8501 or visit sunrisetheater.com.

Fall Festival

The town of Carthage will hold a fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Nancy Kiser Park and the Carthage Historical Museum (202 Rockingham St.).

There will be carnival-style games, a bouncy house, corn hole, popcorn, pumpkin carving tools and stencils, spooky storytelling as well as a spooky backdrop and props for photos.

Games are free for all. Pumpkins will be available for purchase. A food truck will be set up throughout the event. Community churches and organizations will be participating.

For information, call (910) 947-2331.

Silent Film

The Sunrise Theater celebrates the Halloween season with a showing of the silent film “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” Saturday, Oct. 26.

There will be cocktails, costume party, an introduction by film historian Tim Lussier and live piano accompaniment by Nathan Shirley. The cocktails and costume party begins at 6 p.m., with the film beginning at 7 p.m.

Swank Coffee Shoppe and Handmade Market sponsors the event.

Tickets are $15 and available by phone and online at www.sunrisetheater.com.

The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.

Pancake Breakfast

The Moore Philharmonic Orchestra will benefit from a pancake breakfast Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Kickback Jack’s in Southern Pines.

Pancakes, bacon and a choice of drink will be available at a cost of $8 per plate.

“All proceeds help our nonprofit organization provide instrument repair, student scholarships, sheet music, concert/event costs, and more,” says a spokesman.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Bolshoi’s ‘Raymonda’

The Sunrise Theater presents the Bolshoi Ballet, “Raymonda,” live in HD from Moscow on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m.

Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary.  When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymond and threatens her fate when she rejects him.

Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.

The run time is 3 hours. Tickets are $25 for adults/ $15 for children and may be purchased at the door. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.

For further information call the theater office (910) 692- 8501 or visit sunrisetheater.com.

Weymouth Woods

The Trick-or-Treat Trail will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Weymouth Woods.

“Come in costume any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to enjoy a Halloween-themed nature trail and get some treats along the way.,” says a spokesman.

The event is free. Weymouth Woods is located at 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-2167.

Cruzin’ 4 Kidz

The Cruzin’ 4 Kidz Sunday car cruising will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson, located at 7540 N.C. 15-501, West End.

“All cars, bikes and trucks are welcome,” says a spokesman. “There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food truck and live music.”

Halloween Haunt

The town of Southern Pines, along with co-sponsors Southern Pines Business Association and Capital Bank, present the downtown Halloween Haunt Friday, Oct. 25, for children ages 10 and under.

There will be trick or treat at participating downtown Southern Pines businesses from 5 to 5:45 p.m., followed by games and crafts from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St. (rain location: SP Recreation Center, 160 Memorial Park Court).

The Movie in the Pines, “Hotel Transylvania 2,” will be shown at 7 p.m. in Downtown Park. There will be concessions available for purchase. “Bring a blanket and chairs,” says a spokesman.

For information, call Bridgett Sampson at (910) 692-7376.

Boo at the NC Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo will hold its annual Boo at the NC Zoo Saturday Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The zoo is located at 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro.

Visit www.nczoo.org/events/boo-nc-zoo for more details.

Exploring Art

Ellen Burke, of Hollyhocks Art Gallery will be featured in Exploring Art Through Observation and Conversation Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The topic is “Mysteries of the Art World: Theft, Forgery and Hidden Messages.”

“Many famous paintings are more than meets the eye,” says Burke.

The cost is $20, which includes wine, which is courtesy of Elliott’s on Linden. Proceeds will benefit MIRA

Call or email Burke at (603) 966-6567 or exploringartellen3@gmail.com to register.

Hollyhocks is located at 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst.

Natural History Society

Dr. Lynda Acker, a biologist, Master Gardener and landscape designer, will discuss the migration of the Monarch butterfly, biology, populations dynamics and conservation of habitats at the meeting of the Sandhills Natural History Society Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve, 1024 N. Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines.

For information, call (910) 692-2167.

K9 Demonstration

The Southern Pines Police Department’s K9 team will offer a free demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Downtown Park, 145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines.

”You will get to meet the SPPD K9 handlers and the K9s themselves,” says a spokesman. “The dogs will demonstrate several different aspects of their skills and have a little fun as well. Collectible K9 baseball cards will be handed out to anyone who would like one, and if you ask the officer, he may just autograph it for you. So, bring a chair, or blanket, and join us in the park for a couple of hours of listening and learning.

“If you bring a dog to the event, please DO NOT approach handlers while they have their K9 partners with them.”

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kelly Stevens at (910) 692-2732, extension 2851.

“You do not have to be a Southern Pines resident to attend,” says the spokesman. “There is no rain date set.”

Viking Classic

The Union Pines Marching Vikings will host the annual Viking Classic marching band competition Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 1 p.m. at Wilhoit Stadium at Union Pines High School, Cameron.

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